I travel for sports with my daughter quite a bit - 10-15 weekends per year - and thought I had found a quality facility to stay at this past weekend. However, as others have written, this hotel is undergoing major renovations ($200-Million) and still considers itself worthy of the "resort" label. Apparently this entitles them to a $20/night surcharge for absolutely nothing, and another $18/night for self-parking.
We left the "resort" each day at 7-8AM and returned after 7-PM so we didn't avail ourselves of any resort amenities so the additional $20 fee is a mystery. Even if we had partaken of something, there were additional fees attached to anything, so what exactly was the $20 for? Oh yeah... gratuitous up-charge, because they can.
The parking was horrendous. The self-parking wasn't self at all. They won't allow you to park your own car, and even if you could, it is 1/2 mile away. It does take 20-minutes to be shuttled to your vehicle, so don't expect to go anywhere in a hurry. Strangely, valet parking only meant they would bring the car to the front of the hotel, so it still takes 20-minutes, and you get to pay even more!
I have stayed at some fine resorts, and many high-line hotels, but this didn't reach that level at all. Maybe once the renovations are done, the Trump personnel will fix the rest of it, but until then, don't risk it. Whatever price you get will still be $40/night more in padded fees, and I wouldn't want to pay $50/night total for the experience I had.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Retreat to a tranquil Florida spa and golf resort designed to offer peaceful rest and relaxation in a tropical atmosphere. Situated on 650 lush acres, the world-renowned Trump National Doral Miami provides guests with premier Miami resort amenities and golf course views. A NEW ADDITION. Trump Hotel CollectionTM has recently added Miami's iconic Doral Resort to its portfolio with plans for a spectacular multimillion-dollar redesign to restore Trump Doral to its former grandeur. Trump Doral boasts 693 guestrooms across 10 lodges; world-class golf courses including the Blue Monster; 100,000-sq.-ft. of meeting space including a 24,000-sq.-ft. ballroom; a sprawling 48,000-sq.-ft. spa with 33 treatment rooms; highly regarded golf school and teaching facilities; retail boutiques and a private members' clubhouse. "When completed, Doral will be the finest resort and golf club in the country." Donald J. Trump, Trump Organization chairman and president.The comprehensive redesign of the entire resort begun in 2013, occurring in phases, and is slated to conclude in late 2014. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doral Golf Resort And Spa, a Marriott Hotel Doral
- Marriott Doral
- Doral Golf Resort Spa